Nigeria spends N3.5 billion to rehabilitate Zaria-Funtua-Kaura Namoda rail line – Senator

A Nigerian train coach named after former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

“Businessmen and civil servants who choose to live in Kaduna while working in Abuja can conveniently travel to Abuja.”


The Federal Government has spent over N3.5 billion on the rehabilitation of the Zaria-Funtua-Kaura Namoda rail lines, Sahabi Ya’u, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, said on Saturday.

Mr. Ya’u told journalists in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara, that government was doing its best to make transportation easier for the people in spite of the costly nature of constructing rail lines.

He said the federal government decided to embark on the rehabilitation of existing rail lines to facilitate movement of goods and people until when it could provide modern rail lines.

Mr. Ya’u said the construction of a modern rail line linking Kaduna and Abuja had reached 80 per cent completion, while a contract had been awarded for that of Lagos to Ibadan.

“Businessmen and civil servants who choose to live in Kaduna while working in Abuja can conveniently travel to Abuja, finish their businesses at the close of work and return to their families.

“These trains run at a speed of about 200 kilometres per hour. So, within an hour, a traveller between Kaduna and Abuja can reach his destination at high comfort and at very little cost,’’ Ya’u, who represents the Zamfara North Senatorial District, said.



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  • jon

    Mr. President, I want to see railway transportation run through Lagos – Ore, Benin and down to Asaba. When will our people see or know Train for the first time in their life? We travel too like the Northerners. What has President Johnathan done for South South? Nothing, Nada!

  • Fizzlebee

    This is a coal power train not electricity. That of electricity is lighter and not this heavy.

    • larry

      I thought it was diesel.Or is it Coal powered ?

      • Shrekker

        We still use coal oh.

  • Fizzlebee

    The Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda on poin – Transforming the railways.

  • Comfortkay

    When the Nigerian Railways were using coal it runs every corner of Nigeria, employ many people but the kind of praises am reading on this paper is not enough, Nigerian need to see for themselves where money is being spend and not just any one cooking us stories.